Originally Posted by HeluvaSkier
Short sections of the Lake Chutes do run that steep... in part from the massive cornice that builds up along that ridge.
As an update, the cornice in the middle of Lake Chutes as of Sunday was about a 30' drop in, straight down. Far higher than the picture of Corbits that is posted at the Gathering Thread.
Here are a few more facts.
In my history of guiding you folks here at Epic, only 4 have skied Lulu's with me which is in the front bowl. The ground measures 44 but the high winds that blow change the grade. Guessing I'd put it between 40 and 48 depending on what what day you hit it.
The steep stuff is in the Lake Chutes and I think actual ground dimensions are 54, but again blown in changes things.
As far as it getting "chewed up" quickly, yes....and no. I had to demo some skis in some powder. The last snow was Tuesday, I skied untracked, inbounds, Sunday that felt like fresh and was about 20" deep. You have to know where to go, and again I have never taken any Bears to this location. It's 2 sections about 40 turns each in some fairly narrow mature trees.
The trails at Peak 7 off the Prospector lift are some VERY easy rolling intermediate terrain. The area above the Prospector lift is an area of Expert open snowfields and bowls with a few wide chutes to play in. I'm guessing the terrain overall to be around high 30's to maybe 40 degrees. Not extreme like the Lake Chutes, but some fun for sure. The master plan calls for a lift up near the top of Peak 7 in the future. If and when that happens it will be quite the playground for Expert skiers.
The changes in the lift structure over the last ten years have made it really easy to get around. Somebody mentioned that to me once as a complaint. I told them w/o lift line considerations I could get them to any spot they wanted (that didn't require a hike) within 25 minutes. (Keep in mind the area covers Peaks 7 - 10 with valley's between 9 and 10 and 8 and 9. They laughed and bet me a beer. Later that day....... I drank for free.
It's not Snowbird or Alta type terrain but there is some very fun stuff there.